By Our Correspondent.
Another setback has befallen the political camp of a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Sen. Dr. Iyiola Omisore as his “unrepentant” loyalist and major financier within the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2018 governorship election race, Muhammed Shokeye, defected to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Friday.
Shokeye, who is based in Chicago Illinois, USA has concluded his political consultations, in readiness for Osun 2022 governorship election, and is now leaving his political affiliation with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP.
The Osogbo-born politician, had earlier said “presently, I together with my team, are prepared to detach from the SDP/ APC coalition and move to a more viable, recognized, presentable and popular political party, wherein our interest as a people would be quaranteed and safeguarded”.
Recall that the former SDP Chairman in Osun State, who is currently the leader of “KOSEMANI”, another political movement in Osun, Dr. Bayo Faforiji has also opted to joining the opposition PDP in the state.
However, Shokeye still holds Sen. Omisore in high esteem as his leader and mentor, he maintained that the duo shall operate on different political platforms, henceforth.
“I however use this medium to say emphatically that Sen. Dr. Iyiola Omisore remains my leader, a father and a mentor. Our different political affiliations notwithstanding, he remains a reference and rallying point to reckon with in the political landscape of Osun State and Nigeria as a whole” he pointed out.
In Shokeye’s words “I, Mohammed Shokeye, alongside my team members, having made a wider consultation, lots of research and Osun’s political evaluation from 1999 till date, take our next political voyage to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”
“The umbrella stands as the only platform where our opinions can be expressly unveiled and our interests and that of the unborn generation can be safeguarded”, he concluded.